Most people look to paint protection films as a way of spending less time on car maintenance while still sustaining the same general level of gloss and clarity on their car paint. For the most part, this is a great strategy; the majority of paint protection films these days are topped with a self-healing coating that helps take away any minor scratches sustained on the road. More than that, paint protection films are much less porous than they used to be, giving car paint much better insulation against foreign materials like dust and tree sap.
The problem comes when car owners get too comfortable with their paint protection films. Like everything else in life, these films need to be cared for properly in order to perform well. The protection provided by paint protection films is two-fold; the TPU-film itself shields car paint from physical traumas like rock chips and scratches, while the top coating acts more as a raincoat of sorts, insulating your car paint from chemicals, fluids, UV-rays and more. While the base function of the film will remain more or less intact no matter what you throw at it, the effectiveness of the coating is another matter entirely.
If you've ever owned a Gore-Tex jacket, you'll notice that the water repellent function of the outer fabric starts out incredibly strong, but then declines over time. That's because the original coating on the jacket will eventually wear out, and the same applies to paint protection films as well. To combat this, we recommend application of OnerPro's sealant at regular intervals to reinforce the anti-permeation function of the film. Not only does this help keep your paint protection film working great, but it can also prevent staining and yellowing of the film in the long run.
If you're interested in learning more about how you can keep your paint protection film and paint job in tip top shape, send us a message with your questions and we'll be happy to help!